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News archive

This is an archive containing every news story ever posted on the BDT website. If you’re looking for a specific article, try the search box at the top right hand side of this page. Otherwise you can just browse the archive by selecting a year and month below.

March, 2015

Weather’s fine and so is the fishing

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st March, 2015

Blue skies, clear water and plenty of fish - it’s the perfect recipe for an ideal family Easter getaway.

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CBH recruits for new target

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st March, 2015

CBH Resources has begun hiring staff for its new Rasp Mine project, which is set to get underway in a matter of months.

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Plant jump start

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st March, 2015

Rocky Pellegrino says the pet food he processes at a new Broken Hill plant is of such high quality he’d tuck into a plate of it himself.

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Labor buoyed by big swing

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st March, 2015

Labor might have lost the state election but that didn’t stop local members from celebrating into the early hours of Sunday morning. 

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Beds will ‘prove hard to offload’

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st March, 2015

City Council will struggle to find a buyer for its 40 aged care bed licences and even if it does it likely won’t get much for them, say nursing home operators.

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Last of the locals?

Originally published: Saturday, 28th March, 2015

Broken Hill today faces the likelihood of farewelling the last in a long line of locals to represent the city in state parliament - but John Williams has refused to give up hope.

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Don’t let me down, Bruce

Originally published: Saturday, 28th March, 2015

For years punters have turned to the animal kingdom to predict the outcome of key events, so the BDT decided to put the process to the test for today’s election.

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Sam takes a big step up to his AFL dream

Originally published: Saturday, 28th March, 2015

Young Sam Simmons has been appointed co-captain of the Bendigo Pioneers for the 2015 TAC Cup season.

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No return in long run

Originally published: Saturday, 28th March, 2015

If you believe the bookies, today’s state government election is a foregone conclusion.

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Time to power down

Originally published: Saturday, 28th March, 2015

Anika Molesworth is passionate about the environment and has been asked to host an Earth Hour event tonight.

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Robins show youthful promise

Originally published: Saturday, 28th March, 2015

The West Broken Hill Robins are looking to their young players to provide some spark this season with the Lightning Cup set to showcase their talents today.

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Deadly debris

Originally published: Friday, 27th March, 2015

A tip-off has led the Environmental Protection Authority to exposed asbestos in an old rubbish dump near the airport.

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Aged care bed sell-off

Originally published: Friday, 27th March, 2015

Broken Hill is set to lose 40 aged care bed licences that were used at the former Shorty O’Neil Village, with City Council now deciding to sell them on the open market.

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Lenny’s loony locks

Originally published: Friday, 27th March, 2015

Yesterday Alma Public School held a “Crazy Hair Day” to raise money for their fellow Year 1 student Emily Roberts.

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Marigold magic

Originally published: Thursday, 26th March, 2015

The BH Civic Orchestra is promising to take its audience on a fantastic musical journey at its first concert of the year on Sunday.

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Don’t take the risk

Originally published: Thursday, 26th March, 2015

Motorists are being advised to be careful and to obey the rules at level crossings.

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New lands bodies get together

Originally published: Thursday, 26th March, 2015

The Western Local Land Service and Community Advisory groups met for the first time yesterday.

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Hub’s approval angers neighbours

Originally published: Thursday, 26th March, 2015

Residents near Creedon Street’s public housing say they’ve been let down after City Council last night unanimously approved a request to turn a vacant house into a gathering spot.

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Government modelling ‘no fix for lakes’

Originally published: Thursday, 26th March, 2015

Computer modelling used to justify a proposal to lower the Menindee lakes’ drought reserve should be independently verified, according to a Broken Hill water consultative committee member, who says it would do nothing to stop the lakes being drained again. 

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Cricket League honours its best

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th March, 2015

Codie Howard won the 2014/15 A-grade Cricketer of the Year award last night after the North all-rounder had an exceptional year.

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Bookies name favourite, but who’s yours?

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th March, 2015

As the State election approaches plenty of locals have been getting in early for pre-poll voting.

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Call Lifeline to connect

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th March, 2015

A new centre aiming to put people in need in touch with the right services has officially opened in Broken Hill.

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‘Hub’ on Council’s agenda

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th March, 2015

A bid to turn a Creedon Street public housing site into a gathering place for residents will once again go before City Council tonight.

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Tourism committee ‘up to the job’

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th March, 2015

Developing the region’s tourism could best be described as “very challenging” for a new committee with no funding or a clear model for the future, a City Council report says.

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Cycling memories come flooding back

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th March, 2015

Valmai Rae Stephens received a surprise when she opened yesterday’s paper and saw herself pictured in the Outback Archives photo from the city’s past on the letters page.

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Ready to roll

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th March, 2015

Fundraising duo Dion Coulls and Kelly Lowery are lining up again for the annual Shitbox Rally, and they have a new barely-roadworthy vehicle with which to tackle the event.

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Deal or no deal, says Rex

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th March, 2015

Regional Express wants City Council to reaffirm its commitment to a five-year deal that was struck last year under a veil of secrecy.

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Bringing us up to speed

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th March, 2015

Telstra has confirmed it is trialling its 4GX wireless internet network in Broken Hill - but is not saying when it expects to fully activate the superior service.

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Strip blocks bore drillers

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th March, 2015

A Sunset Strip resident parked a car in front a boat ramp to stop heavy vehicles drilling for bore water from using it.

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Fond memories

Originally published: Monday, 23rd March, 2015

Alex and Elsie Mitchell might have left Broken Hill nearly 60 years ago but the city is always close to their hearts.

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Tell the pollies what you really think

Originally published: Monday, 23rd March, 2015

A former local man has developed an app to help politicians gauge the opinions of their constituents.

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Going for gold

Originally published: Monday, 23rd March, 2015

Not long now and these blokes will be “swinging dirt” at the new gold mine north-west of the city.

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Humphries hits out at Boehm claims

Originally published: Saturday, 21st March, 2015

Kevin Humphries may have struggled against independent candidates in the past, but the incumbent member for Barwon says recent revelations about key rival Rohan Boehm casts serious doubt on his opponent’s credibility.

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Roos aim for back-to-back

Originally published: Saturday, 21st March, 2015

Having won the 2014 AFL Broken Hill premiership in style last year, the South Broken Hill Football Club is looking to make it two in a row. 

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Brave Emily ready for vital treatment

Originally published: Saturday, 21st March, 2015

 A child’s birthday is supposed to be a fun occasion with cake and presents, but for one girl it came with her first treatment of chemotherapy.

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Authorities move to allay bore fears

Originally published: Saturday, 21st March, 2015

Nearly half of the water companies in NSW used bore water as part of their town supply, according to the State’s water authorities which are seeking to allay concerns in Broken Hill.

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Pay up, says Council

Originally published: Saturday, 21st March, 2015

A move by City Council to engage a debt collector to pursue residents for just-overdue rates has been described as callous.

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Backlash on NRL broadcasting

Originally published: Saturday, 21st March, 2015

This season, NRL matches are not being broadcast live every weekend, which has led to an outcry from fans.

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Candidates tangled in poles and wires issue

Originally published: Thursday, 19th March, 2015

Independent candidate for Barwon, Rohan Boehm, and the Nationals’ Kevin Humphries crossed swords this week over the proposed sell-off of “poles and wires” to fund infrastructure projects.

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No time lost in passing on fuel hike

Originally published: Thursday, 19th March, 2015

A fuel price rise has been passed on faster than the decrease last year, according to the RAA.

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Stacey’s surprise reveal

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th March, 2015

Kevin Stacey has made waves in the world of water politics after declaring his support for Minister for Natural Resources, Land and Water, Kevin Humphries.

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Young rugby refs ready to begin

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th March, 2015

The next generation of Rugby League referees are preparing to take control on game day after undertaking a course at Robinson College.

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Soccer’s future hanging

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th March, 2015

The direction of the city’s soccer competition appears to be at a crossroads after the local Association announced its intent to withdraw from the Football Federation of South Australia.

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Cruel theft leaves siblings shocked

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th March, 2015

Two siblings who recently lost their mother to cancer have had photos and videos of her stolen after their home was broken into at the weekend.

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Legal centre loses staff

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th March, 2015

Four staff members at the Far West Community Legal Centre have handed in their resignations amid uncertainties surrounding government funding.

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Thousands flock to recovery day

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th March, 2015

Peter and Patsy Price have again provided the perfect foil for St Pat’s weekend, with thousands flocking to the Silverton Hotel on Sunday for the traditional post-race recovery day.

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Swim club backs an old favourite

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th March, 2015

The Silver City Swim Club is hosting a fundraising Cabaret evening featuring Australia’s favourite party band Chunky Custard.

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Search meets grim end

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th March, 2015

The search for missing Victorian man Dane Kowalski has come to a tragic end after his body was discovered in the South Australian outback.

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Federal heritage funding open to city

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th March, 2015

Broken Hill is in the box seat to pick up heritage funding from the Federal Government.

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Households could receive individual reverse osmosis plants

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th March, 2015

Small reverse osmosis plants may be plumbed into Broken Hill and Menindee households to treat salty bore water.

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In fine form

Originally published: Monday, 16th March, 2015

He’s been a miner, a boxer, a horse trainer and a snooker champion, but it was his skills with the written word and his sense of flair that put him ahead of the pack last week.

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Carnival of Cups hits Hill

Originally published: Monday, 16th March, 2015

The Rockwell Resources Pty Ltd Pace got the evening underway with Kasey Hocking’s Double Standards claiming the victory.

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Perfect match

Originally published: Monday, 16th March, 2015

A slight change in the Fashions of the Field didn’t discourage anyone from entering with organisers saying the fashionistas did Broken Hill proud.

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Paddy’s pride

Originally published: Monday, 16th March, 2015

A successful St Pat’s Race day has been hailed as one of the best, with a bumper crowd that could reach almost 10,000.

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Brimming’s Harp

Originally published: Monday, 16th March, 2015

Another St Pat’s race meeting has come and gone and a great day of racing has marked the 50th anniversary of this fine occasion.

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Ready for races

Originally published: Saturday, 14th March, 2015

With today marking the 50th anniversary of St Pats, there will be nothing in the world that will match up to the excitement, the atmosphere and the heartbreak quite like a day at the races.

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Search for star players

Originally published: Saturday, 14th March, 2015

After setting itself an ambitious goal, St Joe’s is looking to bolster player, coaching and administration ranks before the 2015 season starts.

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Donation a breath of fresh air

Originally published: Saturday, 14th March, 2015

Accessing patients’ airways in emergency situations will now be easier for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) after a $10,000 donation by the Broken Hill Democratic Club.

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Mine to open soon

Originally published: Saturday, 14th March, 2015

In less than a fortnight, the first shovel of dirt should be lifted from the new open cut pit north of the city.

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Digital age hits schools

Originally published: Saturday, 14th March, 2015

The pesky task of laminating books at the beginning of every school year may soon be dead and buried.

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Colours fly again

Originally published: Saturday, 14th March, 2015

 At every St Pat’s, lovers of horse racing in Broken Hill have occasion to remember the late John Toms, the man who started it all 50 years ago.

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All the right moves

Originally published: Friday, 13th March, 2015

We all know how important exercise is for our health and Broken Hill High School staff and students are riding and walking to school together to prove it.

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Schinellas are coming

Originally published: Friday, 13th March, 2015

A busload of Schinellas is among the hundreds of ex-locals arriving at Broken Hill today to help St Pat’s race meeting celebrate its 50th birthday.

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Cocky riot takes its toll

Originally published: Friday, 13th March, 2015

A cockatoo invasion has ruffled the feathers of the residents of Railway Parade who are now begging City Council to take action. 

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Trots light up tonight

Originally published: Friday, 13th March, 2015

With the Broken Hill season winding down it only means one thing: big fields, good racing and a magic atmosphere.

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No licence, no problem

Originally published: Friday, 13th March, 2015

 He’s hoping to win a seat that spans almost half of NSW but Labor’s Craig Ashby has one small problem - no driver’s licence.

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Help to bring Lance home

Originally published: Friday, 13th March, 2015

Friends of the Mad Max fan killed near Mundi Mundi lookout this week have started a fundraising campaign to bring his body home.

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Crystal clear for a win

Originally published: Thursday, 12th March, 2015

Local trainer Michael Wayman will seek cup glory this St Pat’s race weekend as his horse prepares to run in the Outback Cup.

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Outstanding support

Originally published: Thursday, 12th March, 2015

The City’s Early Intervention services have launched interactive programs to help children integrate into mainstream education.

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Qualified care needed

Originally published: Thursday, 12th March, 2015

Registered nurse Irene Davey believes assistants in nursing do a “brilliant” job looking after local nursing home residents.

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More nurses for the region

Originally published: Thursday, 12th March, 2015

Craig Ashby, the Country Labor Candidate for Barwon, has welcomed the announcement that a Labor Government will employ 840 more nurses in NSW hospitals.

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TRAGIC CRASH; Mad Max fan served in Iraq

Originally published: Thursday, 12th March, 2015

A young American tragically killed in a crash near the Mundi Mundi lookout on Tuesday while recreating scenes from Mad Max was a two-tour veteran of the Iraq war.

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All aboard

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th March, 2015

Locals will be taken back in time at a pop up restaurant later this evening.

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Small group offers support

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th March, 2015

This week, is Multiple Birth Awareness Week and locals are holding a get together to provide support.

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Nurses need your support

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th March, 2015

Residents are being urged to support local efforts to ensure NSW nursing homes have a registered nurse on duty at all times after this year. 

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Leadership program starts for 2015

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th March, 2015


Thirteen teenagers sat down yesterday to discuss what it meant to be successful. 

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Golf Club in jeopardy

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th March, 2015

Objection on hotel plans could force club closure

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St Pat’s thrilled with nominations

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th March, 2015

It never rains but it pours.

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Bandits crush Rebel force

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th March, 2015

The Bandits became the inaugural winners of the Open Men’s softball competition on Friday night with an 18-run win over the Rebels at The Jube.

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West’s B-grade triumph

Originally published: Monday, 9th March, 2015


West Broken Hill Cricket Club made it three B-grade premierships in a row on Saturday with a 47 run win over Warriors at Alma Oval.

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Keeping it local

Originally published: Monday, 9th March, 2015

Barrier Daily Truth is continuing to invest in the future of Broken Hill with the addition of new plate-making machine.

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Cops pull drugs from cars

Originally published: Monday, 9th March, 2015

Police seized what they believed to be LSD, cannabis and methamphetamine in three separate incidents over the weekend.

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Water status: Expect more restrictions

Originally published: Monday, 9th March, 2015

Broken Hill residents will face level two water restrictions in about four months unless local water reserves are topped up.

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Central get hat-trick

Originally published: Sunday, 8th March, 2015

For the third straight year, Central have been crowned A-grade cricket champions with a 124 run win over North on Saturday afternoon at The Jube.

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Grand finale

Originally published: Saturday, 7th March, 2015

This season’s A Grade cricket grand final to be played at the Jubilee Oval at 11am today looks to be one of the most open grand finals for a number of years.

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Paceway action

Originally published: Saturday, 7th March, 2015

Tonight will see some action at the Rocky Baker Memorial Paceway with some interesting races set to take place.

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South scores a pole

Originally published: Saturday, 7th March, 2015

As local artist Peter McGlinchey reflected fondly on happy times growing up south of the overpass, he decided he wanted to give something back.

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Power play; City ‘should embrace’ nuclear

Originally published: Saturday, 7th March, 2015

A local landholder says if anyone wants to set up a nuclear plant or waste dump that would bring jobs and security to Broken Hill, they could have his place for nothing.

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RN threat looms

Originally published: Saturday, 7th March, 2015

A nursing home without an available registered nurse (RN) would cause unnecessary distress to residents and put pressure on the Broken Hill Hospital, says a union delegate.

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Urgent action

Originally published: Friday, 6th March, 2015

 The state’s water authorities are working quickly to secure a contract to start drilling for the region’s emergency water supply.

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Fashion stage set

Originally published: Friday, 6th March, 2015

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes for the St Pat’s Fashion Parade with organisers giving up sleep to pull everything together.

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Cup trainer to speak at Fringe

Originally published: Friday, 6th March, 2015

Ahead of the St Patrick’s race day on March 14, famous trainer Mick Robins has arrived in Broken Hill to be a guest speaker at a local fringe event.

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Tight clash tipped

Originally published: Friday, 6th March, 2015

Tonight will see the inaugural champions of the Open Men’s Softball league crowned with the Bandits and the Rebels set to do battle.

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Cops ‘out of their depth in ice fight’

Originally published: Friday, 6th March, 2015

Local police were no better equipped to crack the region’s ice epidemic than ordinary residents, according to the independent candidate for Barwon.

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Get your thinking cap on for Magpie quiz

Originally published: Thursday, 5th March, 2015

If you like trivia, the Central Football Club’s quiz night is made for you.

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$117m pledge to secure city’s water

Originally published: Thursday, 5th March, 2015

A “once-in-a-lifetime investment” in Broken Hill’s water supply is being promised by the NSW Government to provide a permanent solution and help drought-proof the region.

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Under threat

Originally published: Thursday, 5th March, 2015

Two out of three solicitors at the Far West Community Legal Centre will lose their jobs if funding cuts go ahead.

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Penalty cuts the ‘cruellest of all’

Originally published: Thursday, 5th March, 2015

Local nurses took to the streets yesterday to show their opposition to any penalty rate cuts.

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Champ’s hat-trick

Originally published: Thursday, 5th March, 2015

Cheryl Barry has made it three wins in a row by taking out the Champion of Champions match at North Bowling Club yesterday.

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Face-to-face for first time

Originally published: Thursday, 5th March, 2015

School of the Air kindergarten students have got together for the first time to have a bit of fun, starting with a concert tonight.

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Mums key to ‘lead action’

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th March, 2015

Dr Bruce Lanphear relies on “pissed off mums” to trigger government action on children’s exposure to lead in high-risk communities like Broken Hill.

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Council shake-up results in awards

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th March, 2015

City Council’s General Manager Therese Manns has received an award for her leadership role in heading the organisation away from financial ruin.

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BH Riders up there with the best

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th March, 2015

Broken Hill Motocross riders travelled to Renmark to compete against some of the best riders from South Australia and western Victoria in round two of a three-round arena cross series.

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Baby warmer

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th March, 2015

For the past eight years, Muriel Niemann has been knitting jumpers to donate overseas - she recently reached her 1,000th jumper.

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Any exposure ‘risks health’

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th March, 2015

Exposure to even miniscule amounts of lead had put residents at risk of a raft of side-effects including a drop in IQ, behavioural disorders, heart disease and even dementia.

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Call for more AFL umpires

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015

As the 2015 football season approaches, the league is once again in need of umpires.

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Malliner’s eye for art

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015

Nurhayani Malik has used her passion for millinery to make an exhibition of hats, hatinators and fascinators.

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Mayor rejects secrecy claim

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015

City Council has defended its communication strategy following a councillor’s scathing accusations of a culture of secrecy.

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Golden harvest tipped

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015

Broken Hill Gourmet Products have started their harvest for this year and believe the end result will be “up there with the best”.

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Son ensures his digger father’s memory endures

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015

A former Broken Hill man whose father was a tunneller during World War I is keeping his dad’s memory alive in the lead-up to 100th anniversary of Anzac Day.

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Beer ad memories flood back

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015

In the early nineties John Carney featured alongside dozens of locals in the “longest bar in the world” commercial shot for XXXX and he has the unopened can to prove it.

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